The warrior’s Rebirth Chapter 56

The Warrior's Rebirth

Chapter 22: The Weight of Being the Head of the Family -04

“Did you prepare this in advance?”

“Using what I have is only natural.”

Suk Deok-Wol chuckled bitterly.

Upon seeing the meticulously organized documents, Suk Jin-Ho realized that he had been preparing for a long time.

“30-day program, 60-day program, 90-day program. You’re giving away 20 extra days for free with a half-year subscription? How did you come up with this?”

“I racked my brain, and this is what I came up with. Not bad, right?”

“It’s not just ‘not bad,’ it’s a brilliant sales strategy.”

“It’s not that great.”

Suk Jin-Ho shrugged his shoulders.

Even at the butcher’s or the cloth merchant’s, customers received a bonus for buying in bulk.

He had created the offer from that concept, so Suk Jin-Ho didn’t think much of it.

“The price also gets cheaper the longer the contract. That’s a sales tactic too. Blood really can’t belie its nature.”

“That’s pushing it. For your information, it includes food and lodging.”

“It seems a bit small for that, doesn’t it? It looks like it might be too tight even just for us.”

“Nothing has been finalized yet, has it?”

“Well, that’s true.”

Suk Deok-Wol looked around with a concerned expression and nodded vaguely.

He realized he might have been getting ahead of himself.

“It’s not finalized yet, and I’m still preparing. It seems you’ve forgotten, but Ascension Martial Hall has only just opened.”

“That’s right.”

“I don’t intend to accept more disciples than I can handle.”

“Can I take this? It seems like something I can’t decide on my own.”

“Of course.”

Suk Jin-Ho hadn’t expected an immediate contract to begin with.

He knew the matter was fairly significant, so he nodded easily.

“Let’s end this matter here and go eat. I’m starving after all that thinking.”

“Preparations should be ready by now. Maryung would be bringing the food too.”

“Maryung has grown quite a bit, too.”

“He still has a long way to go.”

“That’s your standard. To me, his growth seems tremendous enough to split the sky.”

Suk Deok-Wol laughed lightly.

Yet despite his tone, he was earnest.

Anyone who knew Jung Maryung would likely feel the same way.

“Let’s go have our meal.”

“Right.”

Instead of answering, Suk Jin-Ho stood up and Suk Deok-Wol followed behind.

Spring was in full bloom, and the moment he opened the window, the fragrance of flowers filled the air.

The sunshine was warm, a perfect environment for a midday nap. But instead of a nap, Suk Jin-Ho enjoyed a leisurely cup of tea.

Heukhwi enjoyed the nap that Suk Jin-Ho skipped, sprawling between his legs to sleep.

Knock, knock, knock.

“It’s me, young master.”

“Come in.”

As Heukhwi’s snoring echoed through the quiet room, the voice of So Ha-Jeong came from outside the door.

But behind her, there were two more small figures.

“Ah, hello!”

“It’s been a while, Head Master!”

The two children who followed So Ha-Jeong nervously greeted him.

At the sight, Suk Jin-Ho smiled softly.

“Are you scared of me? Why are you all so nervous? It’s not like it’s our first time meeting.”

“We’ve never been here before, so that’s probably why.”

“That makes sense. Sit down, everyone.”

So Ha-Jeong spoke instead of the children, and Suk Jin-Ho nodded his head, inviting them to take a seat.

Chae So-Gang and Chae So-Seol, the siblings, sat down next to So Ha-Jeong with still nervous faces.

“I came up because I had something to tell the young master.”

“What’s so urgent that you came up looking so tense, unlike your usual easy-going self?”

“I have a favor to ask.”

“It’s about the siblings, isn’t it?”

At Suk Jin-Ho’s gaze, the two siblings flinched.

Then, they bowed their heads deeply.

Being the Head Master brought a certain atmosphere, one that wasn’t easily approachable.

“Yes, I brought the two kids.”

So Ha-Jeong, who had entered confidently, began to explain about the siblings’ recent circumstances.

She spoke briefly and to the point, and Suk Jin-Ho merely listened without speaking.

“Were the funeral arrangements done properly?”

“Yes…”

Chae So-Gang seemed to be reminded of their late grandmother, biting his lip and his eyes welling up with tears.

Yet as a man, he stubbornly held back the tears.

“It must have been tough for both of you.”

“That’s why we’d like to hire the two kids, young master.”

“Hmm.”

So Ha-Jeong looked at Suk Jin-Ho with pleading eyes.

However, Suk Jin-Ho didn’t respond impulsively.

Instead, he looked intently at the siblings, especially at Chae So-Seol.

‘Now that I think about it, she’s the only female apart from the nanny.’

Remembering that there were no other women in Ascension Martial Hall aside from So Ha-Jeong, Suk Jin-Ho thought it wouldn’t be bad to hire someone for her to talk to.

He wasn’t worried about cooking skills, assuming that if someone could do well with one thing, they’d be capable with others. Chae So-Gang too was a hardworking child beyond his years.

“Would it be alright?”

“There’s no problem. It’s just two more people. I’ve already mentioned this before, haven’t I?”

“Then?”

So Ha-Jeong’s face brightened, and the siblings also seemed hopeful.

If they were turned down here, they’d practically be thrown out onto the streets, so they prayed fervently.

“When can you start working?”

“We can begin immediately!”

“What about your home? Can the two of you manage on your own? Is it safe enough?”

“It’s a bit old, but…”

Chae So-Gang’s voice trailed off as he responded more timidly.

The place they referred to as home was barely enough to keep out the wind.

The draft had been severe during the winter, making it far from an ideal place for the siblings to live.

“Then come live here. I’ll have a house built for you in the back yard. Until it’s built, you can stay here.”

“Is that really okay?”

“Why wouldn’t it be? Just make sure you work hard.”

“We will work very hard!”

“As for the wages…”

Chae So-Gang swallowed nervously as the crucial matter of pay was brought up.

He had to support his sister until she could get married, so the wage issue was incredibly important.

Of course, they were grateful just to be employed at all, but Chae So-Gang secretly hoped for a generous salary, as he was prepared to work his absolute hardest.

“The nanny will decide on that. You’ll be working with her mostly anyway.”

“Understood.”

“Chae So-Gang will take over from Maryung and Yoon. Those two will now concentrate solely on martial arts training and possibly become instructors in the future. Prepare them for that. Chae So-Seol, the nanny will show you what you need to do.”

“I’ll take care of that.”

So Ha-Jeong beamed and nodded her agreement, hugging the siblings as if in celebration.

“If you can’t do the job, I’ll have no choice but to let you go, so don’t even think about slacking off.”

“We will give it our all! And thank you for accepting us, Head Master!”

“Thank you!”

Following her brother’s lead, Chae So-Seol shouted her gratitude and bowed deeply, almost knocking her forehead against the table.

Observing the siblings bow deeply, Suk Jin-Ho smiled wryly and waved his hand dismissively.

“You’re thanking the wrong person. You should be thanking the nanny.”

“Thank you!”

“We will really do our best!”

“That’s great.”

So Ha-Jeong stroked the backs of the two siblings as they clung to her, smiling warmly. She then sent a grateful look towards Suk Jin-Ho.

However, for Suk Jin-Ho, hiring the two siblings wasn’t a bad idea either.

Indeed, he had been considering hiring more help, and knowing what the siblings were like, his decision was an easy one.

Three figures entered the windowless, secluded room simultaneously, each with a trusted subordinate in tow.

Taking their usual places with ease, the three men sat down inside.

“Everyone looks unhappy.”

“Wouldn’t it be stranger if we were happy?”

“Well, there wasn’t much damage on our side.”

The gaunt man with a sharp appearance glared at the corpulent middle-aged man, but the middle-aged man just shrugged his shoulders nonchalantly.

“Come on, it’s been a while since we’ve met—why the sour faces?”

“Why did you call a meeting?”

The gaunt man’s gaze fell on the elderly man, the organizer of this gathering.

Despite the icy stare, the elderly man merely grinned cunningly.

“You’re asking even though you know.”

“If I knew, I wouldn’t ask.”

“If that’s the case, it’s disappointing. I assumed you were attending because you knew.”

“Enough with the runaround, get to the point.”

The gaunt man’s gaze sharpened even further, as if he’d draw a sword at any moment. The elder shrugged as if conceding defeat.

“Ease down with the murderous intent. You’re like that even knowing how old I am?”

“Don’t waste our time.”

“Alright, alright. I arranged this meeting because of the thorn in our side that recently settled in Huanghua Prefecture.”

“Ascension Martial Hall?”

“That’s right. I assume it’s a thorn in the side for both of you as well.”

The elder’s gaze quickly skimmed the two men. Predictably, their expressions weren’t exactly pleasant.

“I’d say the Blood Ghost has more to worry about.”

The corpulent man, the head of Thousand Gold Hall, smirked at the gaunt man responsible for the Black Ghost Faction. After all, it made sense for him, a peaceful gambling den operator, to be less concerned than the leader of a group full of fighters.

“It seems we’re both dissatisfied with the situation.”

“Indeed, that’s why we’re gathered here. Even you, chief of Thousand Gold Hall, pay attention.”

“I am paying attention. It’s the Black Ghost Faction that’s ruining the mood, really.”

The Blood Ghost coldly glared at the portly chief of Thousand Gold Hall, although his eyes were hidden behind his thick eyelids.

“Let’s get right to the point. Aren’t we reaching our limit?”

“It’s true that our subordinates’ dissatisfaction has piled up. But given the current circumstances, what choice do we have? We can pacify things to some extent. It’s common knowledge that even though it left the Sek family, the Sek Wind Escort Bureau seems to have maintained good relations with Ascension Martial Hall. Just a while ago, the bureau’s representative even paid a visit.”

Despite keeping quiet after the Red Gal Faction incident, they weren’t necessarily inactive.

Each organization had discreetly gathered information.

Therefore, they had somewhat grasped the situation surrounding Suk Jin-Ho.

Especially for those with good relations or ties with him, the head of Thousand Gold Hall chimed in thoughtfully.

“But we can’t keep going like this forever. Defections have already begun. For now, it’s just one or two, but as time passes, a significant number of people will move to other regions.”

“Hmm.”

The man called Hwanoh (Flower Elder), who mainly managed the entertainment quarters, spoke up, causing the other two to frown.

However, they did not readily agree.

It was true there were desertions, but the same applied to the other two establishments.

In other words, if one managed their own people well, swallowing up the organizations seated here and uniting Huanghua Prefecture wasn’t out of the question.

“If we let this go, we will naturally wither away. A rolling stone pushes the moss-covered ones out. Are we just going to watch this happen?”

“That makes sense. I agree. But the problem is how to get rid of it. Should we rush in a group and kill him? If we joined our strengths and attacked with full force, we could probably kill the Wall-Breaking Thunder Tiger. Even if he is at his peak, the number of first-rate warriors we have is considerable. But what about afterwards? What about the repercussions? How are we going to handle the wrath of Sek Wind Escort Bureau and the North River Pang family?”

The head of Thousand Gold Hall shook his head as he spoke.

He wanted to deal with the troublesome Suk Jin-Ho too, but there was no way to do it.

“Should we just leave things as they are then? I mainly manage the pleasure quarters, so it’s not much of a concern for me. But what about you two, especially with the Black Ghost Faction?”

“Hmph!”

The Blood Ghost huffed, but he didn’t deny it.



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